Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. offers a wide range of services for both children and adults. We are contracted with a variety of funding sources so that individual service needs can be met through the most appropriate funding.
For more information or questions about any of our services, or if you would like a service not listed you can inquire by contacting us by email email@example.com or call (412) 744-4073
Types of Services
Behavioral Health Rehabilitation
Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. is a licensed mental retardation provider. We provide Therapeutic Staff Support, Behavior Specialist Consultant and Mobile Therapy through Behavioral Health Rehabilitation. These services are provided to children with a mental retardation diagnosis between the ages of 2 and 21 years of age. Services must be prescribed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist and be medically necessary. Services may be provided in home, community or school setting as approved by the managed care company.
Our Behavior Specialists develop an individualized plan of treatment, based upon the psychological evaluation. Plans specify observable, measurable objectives, along with procedures and behavior modification techniques. We also provide instruction and support designed to increase positive behaviors. We work with both the child and the family to teach skills and shape behavior.
A unique feature of BHRS services provided by Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. is that we do our best to schedule all prescribed hours during days and times most convenient for the family and during times when the behaviors are most prevalent. We also match staff based upon the desires of the family and the skill level and strengths of the staff. Back to Top of Page
Home and Community Habilitation Services
Home and Community Habilitation, Community Inclusion and Community Integration services are provided primarily for adults with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, brain injuries or physical disabilites. These services are typically funded through the Office of Intellectural Disabilites, Bureau of Autism Services or the Office of Long Term Living. As is always the case with Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc., service is provided based upon the specific needs and desires of the individual. Home and community supports may consist of instruction and assistance with daily living skills, social skills development, safety skills, communication skills and community integration and awareness. Because the service topic is so broad, just about any type of skill development can fall into this category of services. If you have something you would like to learn, but aren't sure it can be provided...just ask...we will do our best to secure the funding and meet your needs.
Our trained staff offer instruction and assistance in a professional manner and utilize only positive, age-appropriate approaches. We work with the individual to enhance and increase their level of independence. We teach skills based upon what the individual would like to learn in order for them to be most productive and independent in their daily lives. Home and Community services may be utilized to design an individualized day program designed to teach functional real life skills necessary to become integrated into the community and work force.
Assistance is provided during times most convenient to the individual. Our staff can provide transportation to the individual while participating in community based activities. We promote community participation and teach the individual to identify and utilize free resources within their communities and neighborhoods. We assign staff based upon the goals, interests and skills of the individual in need of support.Back to Top of Page
Behavioral Support Services
Behavioral Support services can be provided to both children and adults through a number of funding sources. Our behavior specialists are trained in behavior modification and have Functional Behavioral Assessment certifications. An assessment is conducted in order to identify the targeted behaviors as well as to determine the function of the behavior, the environments in which the behavior most frequently occurs, the times that the behavior is likely to occur and the antecedents to the behavior. Individualized programs are then developed utilizing positive, age appropriate techniques in order to assist the individual in increasing positive behaviors and reducing negative/interfering behavior. Self-monitoring and coping techniques may also be a component of the service so that the individual may develop alternatives to dealing with stress and other stimuli that may be causing inappropriate behaviors to surface.
Our behavioral support plans are written with measurable objectives so that progress can be monitored. When appropriate, family members, residential staff or day program staff can be trained in the implementation of the behavior support plan. Consistency across all environments can lead to better results. Progress is monitored and programs are revised or adapted as necessary to assist the individual in achieving their goal.Back to Top of Page
Sexuality Education and Anti-Victimization
Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. offers a specialized service designed to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities on sexuality, relationship and anti-victimization skills. The service is educational in nature. The AASECT trained staff utilizes an up-front, open approach to education. Topics for discussion with individuals may include anything such as reproduction and birth control, appropriate vs. inappropriate sexual contact, privacy issues, relationship development, consent and anti-victimization (both stranger and friends).
The services are designed based upon the individual's current knowledge level and identified needs. Most frequently, there is a specific need or behavior that requires education and training in what is acceptable and appropriate for given circumstances and environments.Back to Top of Page
Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. offers a continuum of vocational services for individuals at all skills levels. A licensed Chapter 2390 vocational facility is operated in Greensburg, PA. The Creative Production Center operates Monday through Friday and addresses pre-vocational skill development. Participants are presented with a variety of work sampling to include greeting card design and production, clerical skills, janitorial skills and social skills. Participants are paid minimum wage for completion of contract work.
Job Finding and Supported Employment services are offered to individuals who are ready to enter the competitive work force. Our skilled team of vocational specialists works with the individual in identifying preferred types of work, strengths, and abilities. Job searches are conducted with the individual until the right job has been secured. Our job coaches provide on the job training and support until the individual is performing all aspects of the job independently and in accord with the employer?s standards.
Our Greensburg team of job development specialists has contacts with many businesses in the area and has developed a sound reputation for making good employee-employer matches.
For those wishing to give back to the community while acquiring work skills, transitional work services and volunteer opportunities are also available in a variety of settings.Back to Top of Page
Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation
This service is available to adults with mental illness funded with authorization through Value Behavioral Health. The program is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare and is audited annually by the state. All documentation, record keeping and service delivery is in accord with state licensing guidelines.
The Psychiatric Rehabilitation program is founded on the principles of consumer choice and the active involvement of the participant. The program is guided by the philosophy that individuals with mental illness need opportunities to identify and choose for themselves their desired roles in the community with regard to living, learning, working and/or social environments. The program provides both formal and informal structures through which participants can influence and shape program development. Participants are guided through a structured decision making process through which they can influence and shape program development. They accomplish this though identifying goals, planning strategies and acquiring skills to reach and maintain desired goals, and developing necessary supports to maintain goals.
Program participants must have a role recovery goal in one of the following domains: living, working, learning, or social.
The Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program supports the rehabilitation goals of Westmoreland county residents who are:
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- 18 years of age or older;
- with functional disabilities resulting from mental illness;
- who choose to enroll in a community-based, mobile service;
- with a diagnosis of serious mental illness, including the diagnoses of schizophrenia, major mood disorder, psychotic disorder NOS, schizoaffective disorder, or borderline personality disorder;
- someone with a diagnosis outside of these categories must be admitted via VBH's exception process.
ACE-Achieving through Community Experiences
The ACE program is available to individuals experiencing mental illness who reside in Westmoreland County and are open in the supports coordination unit. The services are program funded by Westmoreland County at no cost to the participants. The A.C.E. program is a goal-oriented program which seeks to assist individuals with community integration, developing peer relations, and increasing their status as fully functioning members of their community. Advocates work to meet consumer needs with a functional, flexible, and dynamic approach. Varying levels of services are available and are tailored to meet individual consumer needs.
The advocates offer services ranging from monthly monitoring to intensive weekly support. The majority of services are offered in the form of small group outings to community and recreational sites, in addition to small group projects such as gardening, cooking, crafts, and public awareness events. Program participants are encouraged to discuss, plan, and determine activities which will enhance personal interests, community involvement, social skills, and peer relationships. Advocates support consumers in gathering information and resources necessary to making informed choices regarding treatment, goal-planning, and self-fulfillment.Back to Top of Page
Speech and Language Therapy
In addition to traditional speech and language therapies, Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. specializes in the use of adaptive equipment (such as: switches, computer software programs, communication boards), sign language, augmentative communication devices and the use of iPods, iPhones and iPads to enhance an individual's communication abilities. Our speech therapists assist in identifying the communication platform or device that would most benefit the person and then develop or program it to meet the individual?s needs. Training is provided to the user as well as to others to help implement the communication program or the device.
Our therapists also specialize in iPod, iPhones and iPad applications that can enhance communication skills for consumers. Specific applications can be programmed and personalized using photos, specific names, phrases or activities designed specifically for them. We can also provide training to school districts, parents, residential staff, day program staff or anyone else interested in learning how to take full advantage of these applications.Back to Top of Page
Staff and Family Training
Paula Teacher & Associates, Inc. has a wide range of expertise and can provide training in a variety of areas. We can offer training to school districts, teachers, residential staff, day program staff, parents, or supports coordinators. Types of trainings available include but are not limited to:
- autism spectrum disorders
- behavioral programming
- classroom behavior management
- communication devices and adaptive equipment
- iPod, iPhones and iPad programming
- Rare Disorders
- Technical assistance
We can design a training program to meet your needs. Don't see it on the list, just ask.
For more information or questions about any of our services, you may email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (412) 744-4073Back to Top of Page
- Behavioral Health Rehabilitation funded through Community Care Behavioral Health and Value Behavioral Health
Office of Intellectual Disabilities (contracts currently with Allegheny, Westmoreland, Bedford/Somerset and Fayette Counties)
- The Office of Long Term Living (OBRA, CommCare and Independence Waivers)
- Bureau of Autism Services (Adult Autism Waiver)
- Private Insurances (Highmark BC/BS)
- Numerous School Districts
- Westmoreland County Program Funded Services for adults with Mental Health issues
- Private Pay
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